Release Date: Jan 29, 2016
Record label: Hopeless Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
The likes of Bully and Dilly Dally made huge impressions last year with exceptional debut LPs of female-fronted grunge-punk, and Milk Teeth’s own debut is more than capable of holding its own in such company. The Stroud outfit are quietly (or loudly, for that matter) making a name for themselves as one of the most exciting new acts in the UK right now, and it’s easy to see why. Vile Child is an album that plumbs its influences from the best of the nineties grunge bands, but this is a record that is much more than a rehash.
Stretching, yawning and yelping like a teenager with growing pains, Milk Teeth’s earliest days were defined by their youth. Storming straight out of college with their ‘Smiling Politely’ EP and swiftly following it up with one of 2015’s finest short-players in ‘Sad Sack’, they proved themselves as masters of grungy, moody melancholy, backing it up with a deranged live show like no other. Twirling into view like an overexcited child after one-too-many Panda Pops, ‘Vile Child’ picks up the baton laid by those early EPs and charges straight to the head of the pack.
Though they hail from the U.K. and only formed two years ago, Milk Teeth’s heritage is very much rooted in the ’90s American alt-rock scene. The follow-up to the Bristol band’s acclaimed Sad Sack EP, Vile Child once again delves into the heart of grungy alt-rock, offering up 12 delightfully retro and riotous tunes. The album isn’t simply mired in the past, functioning as well as a contemporary rock record as it does a homage to the past.
Announcing you’re parting ways with a founding member and frontman just three weeks before the release of their debut album is a move that would place any band’s future on uncertain grounds. But Milk Teeth aren’t just any band. Vile Child is living proof of that. Taking their raw sound to visceral heights, Milk Teeth are fast gaining a reputation as one of the most exciting acts in the country - and it's easy to see why.